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Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) - JUMP

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Become a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2 years with your previous bachelor degree

Our Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) program is designed for highly motivated individuals, who have a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.  After fulfilling 3 pre-requisite courses (see below), this accelerated, year-round program allows qualified individuals to graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) following completion of 2 years of full-time study.

Participation in this Joint Undergraduate Master Program (JUMP) at WKU will allow you to concurrently pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).  Following completion of the MEPN program, you are eligible to sit for NCLEX-RN, the RN licensure exam.  Our two year curriculum options include face to face, video streamed, and online instruction, with face to face classes meeting in Bowling Green, KY and clinical placements occurring in KY or TN.

Required Pre-Requisite Undergraduate Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology (minimum of 6 credit hours) and Human Nutrition (3 credit hours) with a grade of B or above.

MEPN Program Requirements

Before your application to the MEPN program will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any discipline other than nursing and is NOT a licensed Registered Nurse.
  • Cumulative Bachelor's degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • HESI pre-entrance exam completion with a score of 80 or above.
  • English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): Minimum Cumulative Score of 86 combined AND Minimum Individual Scores of 26 in Speaking, 20 in Writing, 20 in Reading, & 20 in Listening.
  • Successful completion of required pre-requisite courses


All MEPN applicants must first apply to the Office of Admissions (undergraduate) as a Pre-Nursing major and be officially admitted to WKU before applying to the MEPN program.  To obtain more information about WKU undergraduate admission, please visit https://www.wku.edu/.

Application & Deadlines

Students must have either successfully completed all pre-requisite courses or be enrolled in the remaining pre-requisite courses at the time of application to the MEPN program.  Students who have a bachelor's degree (or higher) not awarded by WKU, must send official transcripts and current class schedule (if applicable) to the School of Nursing by the application deadline date.  The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework.

All applicants are required to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the MEPN program and to send a copy of those scores with the application. The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Reading Comprehension, Anatomy & Physiology and Math. Students may take the HESI exam one time during each application cycle. Students may not retake the SAME exam version. The HESI nurse entrance exam scores are valid for one calendar year. Click here to register for the HESI Entrance Exam: (http://www.registerblast.com/pbl/college.asp?College=38).

A completed MEPN Application, three completed reference forms, written goal statement, current resume, and a copy of your HESI entrance exam scores must be submitted electronically by the application deadline date to graduatenursing-mepn@wku.edu.  Please indicate MEPN Application in the subject line.  NOTE:  Applicants, with previous course work that does not directly transfer to WKU as one of the pre-requisites, can be given permission to use other courses by sending the syllabus by email to Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, MEPN coordinator, for evaluation.

Applications for Summer admission must be submitted by February 1

Applications for Spring admission must be submitted by September 1

Master Entry Professional Nurse (MEPN) Application (click link to download)

Reference Form (click link to download)

Items to include in Goal Statement (click link to download)

Transfer Student Applicant 

In addition to the above requirements, transfer students must have all transfer coursework evaluated by WKU by the application deadline date.  The preferred method for transcript submission is directly from the National Student clearing house for electronic delivery to WKU.  Transcripts can also be mailed to 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11020, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020.  Please be aware that this process can take 2-3 weeks.  Questions about this process should be directed to the WKU Transfer Center by phone at 270-745-2178 or email at transfer@wku.edu.  If you are currently taking classes at a different institution, you must send a copy of your class schedule with your MEPN application to the School of Nursing by the application deadline date.

Tuition & Fees

For more information on tuition cost at WKU, please visit: https://www.wku.edu/bursar/home-tuition-fees.php  In addition to tuition, there is a $400 program fee that will be billed to your University Account for every semester that you are enrolled in Nursing 586 Major.

Contact/Schedule a Tour

To learn more about the MEPN program at WKU, Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, MEPN coordinator, can be contacted by email at tonya.bragg-underwood@wku.edu or by phone at 270-745-4377.  To schedule a tour of our Medical Health Sciences Complex (MCHC), please contact Jenny Lawyer by phone at 270-745-8832 or by email at jennifer.lawyer@wku.edu.





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 Last Modified 3/11/21